Kerri McKay began painting as a child, with the will to render what her mind saw. She earned a B.A. in studio art from SUNY Cortland in 1993 and a B.F.A. in painting and graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1998, and currently holds a 4.0 average in her graduate program at Queens College to become an art teacher. After studying with many teachers as an undergraduate student, Kerri trained for years under painter John F. Murray in a traditional realism style, an atelier of which the lineage traces back five generations to the French academies. Kerri has learned through this intense training to look to the Old Masters for guidance and inspiration, and to be disciplined and accurate, while demonstrating a sensitive application of materials in producing a beautiful picture.

Her career thus far includes the following: painting a watercolor of New York City's High Bridge across the Harlem River that was printed and installed as a permanent 1800 square foot mural in the New York Public Library's High Bridge Branch, exhibiting in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Cortland, NY, and Oregon, IL; working as an artist-in-residence on farms in Ogle County, Illinois; feature story in The New York Times 10/10/04; feature cover story in The Dixon Telegraph 6/20/01; painting a 15' x 7.5' mural for a private home; creating commissioned paintings and drawings for media publications and many private collectors; selling two paintings to the Bank of America corporate collection; philanthropic work such as volunteer teaching and donations of artwork to a variety of charities; guest appearance on Plum TV in the Hamptons; lecture in Montauk of a comparison of her Irish and Long Island landscapes; travel to thirteen countries, always equipped with art supplies; and participation in invitational events painting en plein air.